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Lewis Constable 15th Oct 2014 - 15:48

Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 8 - 18th-19th October

FC Bayern München - SV Werder Bremen


This will be the first Bundesliga meeting between Bayern and Bremen where it's top of the league versus bottom of the league.


When leading the Bundesliga, Bayern have never lost a home match against the side at the foot of the table before in their history.


Against no other club have the Munich side suffered as many defeats (26) or conceded as many goals (119) as they have against Werder Bremen.


The record champions have won their last seven BL meetings with Bremen and are unbeaten in 11 games against them (W8, D3). Bremen have never suffered more than seven straight BL defeats against any opponent before.


Bayern have kept a clean sheet in seven straight competitive games for the first time under Pep Guardiola and have the league's best defensive record (two goals conceded). This match is also a meeting between the division's best attack (15 goals scored) and worst defence (16 goals conceded).


Werder haven't won any of their opening seven league matches this season. They have never gone without a win in the opening eight games of a single Bundesliga campaign before.


Bayern are the only club not to have gone behind in any of their seven BL games this season. Meanwhile, Bremen are the only team to have trailed in each of their BL matches in 2014/15.


Bayern have played the most passes and have been the most precise (88% successful), while Bremen have been the least accurate (67%).


Philipp Lahm is on the verge of sealing his 200th BL win - of the currently active players, only Bastian Schweinsteiger (208) and Claudio Pizarro (209) have also reached this milestone.


Claudio Pizarro spent six years at Bremen (1999-2001, 2008-2012). The Peruvian has scored more BL goals for Werder (89) than he has for FCB (87).


Robin Dutt has lost all four of his managerial head-to-heads with Pep Guardiola, with a goal record of 4-22. The 7-0 thrashing last season was Dutt's heaviest defeat as a coach.



FSV Mainz 05 - FC Augsburg


Augsburg have faced Mainz four times in the Bundesliga under Markus Weinzierl and have won just once (D1, L2). The two defeats both came in Mainz with a goal record of 0-5.


In their first BL season in 2011/12, Augsburg's first ever top-flight victory - after eight games without a win - came on 15th October in Mainz. Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker converted an 88th-minute penalty to beat the 05ers 1-0.


For the second time in their BL history, Mainz are unbeaten after seven matchdays (W2, D5). The only previous time that they managed this was in 2010-11, when they won their opening seven games and finished the campaign in 5th place.


Including last season, Mainz are unbeaten in eight BL games (W3, D5). The last time they went on a longer run was from April to October 2010, when FSV went 12 straight matches without a loss.


Augsburg have lost three of their last four BL away games (failing to score each time) - their only away win in that timeframe was a 1-0 victory in Frankfurt on matchday 3. In 2013/14, FCA were sixth in the away table having collected 22 points.


Shinji Okazaki has scored five BL goals this season and seven goals in all competitions. He has netted half of his side's 10 league goals this season and is top of the BL goalscoring charts.


Jonas Hofmann, on loan from BVB, scored his second goal in his fifth BL game for Mainz during the 1-1 draw with Gladbach, converting from the penalty spot. He also scored twice in 31 BL games for Borussia Dortmund.


Ja-Cheol Koo played 36 BL games for FCA (8 goals, 3 assists) between February 2012 and May 2013. Shawn Parker played for Mainz from 2005 until 2014 - he joined Augsburg in the summer. His brother Devante is in the FSV squad.




Hannover 96 - Borussia Mönchengladbach


There has been a winner in each of the last 14 BL meetings between the two sides: Both Hannover and Gladbach have won seven times. The last draw came in Mönchengladbach in May 2006 (2-2). However, Borussia have won five of the last seven meetings.


Only one of the BL meetings between the sides has ended goalless - the fixture in Mönchengladbach in August 1970. There have been 49 goals scored in the last 12 meetings - that's 4.1 goals per game.


Gladbach are still unbeaten after 12 competitive games in 2014/15 (W6, D6). The only other time the Foals have managed this was in 1970/71, when they were unbeaten in 17 competitive fixtures until a 4-2 loss to Hertha BSC.


Including last season, Hannover have collected 16 of a possible 18 points from their last six BL home games. Only Bayern (18) and Hoffenheim (17) have collected more points at home in that same timeframe - they have played seven home games each though.


Gladbach have conceded just four BL goals in 2014/15, giving them the second-best defence in the league behind Bayern (2). The only time Borussia have conceded fewer goals at the same stage of a season was in 2011/12 (3), a campaign they ended in fourth place.


Goalkeeper Yann Sommer has played a big part in Gladbach's defensive success, saving 87.1% of the shots on his goal, the best record in the league this season.


Together with Köln and Hamburg, Hannover are one of just three teams yet to score from a set piece this season. They had already netted four times from dead balls at the same point in the 2013/14 campaign.


Gladbach have already squandered 15 clear-cut chances. That's almost twice as many as Hannover have had in total (8).


Martin Stranzl is the best tackler in the league this season (77.1% of challenges won).


Granit Xhaka has had the most touches of the ball at Borussia (634, 3rd in the league behind Xabi Alonso and David Alaba).


Sport-Club Freiburg - VfL Wolfsburg


Freiburg have a positive head-to-head record against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. In 22 meetings, SCF have recorded nine wins, seven draws and just six defeats.


However, VfL have lost just one of their last five BL games against Freiburg (W3, D1) - their tally of three wins in that timeframe is the same amount as they managed in their previous 17 meetings with Freiburg.


Just like last season, Freiburg are still waiting for their first BL win of the season after seven matchdays. That hadn't previously happened to SCF in 14 other top-flight campaign. Their first victory in 2013/14 didn't come until matchday 11 (3-0 at Nürnberg).


Including last season, Freiburg are without a win in 10 BL games (D6, L4). Their last success was a 4-2 home victory over Gladbach in April.


With 11 points to their name after seven matchdays, Wolfsburg have improved on their record from last season (9 points from 7 games). They even had one point less than they currently do after seven matchdays of their title-winning campaign in 2008/09.


However, the Wolves have collected 10 of their 11 points from their four home games this season and are without a win on the road. Their only away point so far in 2014/15 came in the 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim on matchday 3.


VfL have already scored three goals from long range, a league high together with Paderborn. SCF, on the other hand, have conceded the most goals from outside the penalty area (3, the same as Leverkusen).


Wolfsburg recorded their first clean sheet in nearly eight months during the match against Augsburg. They had conceded in 20 consecutive BL games before that, a negative club record and up until the Augsburg game the longest run in the league.



VfB Stuttgart - Bayer 04 Leverkusen


Against no other club have Leverkusen won as many Bundesliga games as they have against VfB Stuttgart (30 from 70 meetings).


Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with Stuttgart (W6, D2). The last VfB win was four and a half years ago (2-1 at home in April 2010). The last three meetings have all ended in Bayer 04 wins.


Bayer 04 have scored in each of their last 13 matches against VfB, netting a total of 30 goals in that timeframe - an average of 2.3 per game. The last time Leverkusen failed to score against Stuttgart was in a 1-0 away defeat on 27th October 2007.


Stuttgart have already dropped 28 points from winning positions in 2014. Veh's side also lead the way in that statistic in the 2014/15 season (7 points dropped) after suffering their first defeat of the campaign after taking the leading on the last matchday (3-2 in Berlin).


Leverkusen have hit the woodwork eight times in 2014/15 - a league high. No other side has struck the woodwork more than four times (Augsburg).


Against no other side has Stefan Kießling scored as many BL goals as he has against VfB (14 in 17 appearances). He has only failed to find the back of the net in one of his last 10 meetings with Stuttgart (13 goals in total in that timeframe).


Vedad Ibisevic hasn't scored in 978 minutes of BL football. The Bosnian's last top-flight goal came in a 2-1 defeat to Bayern on 29th January.




FC Köln - Borussia Dortmund


Borussia haven't dropped a point against Köln in eight games since Jürgen Klopp became manager at BVB. The Billy Goats have never lost nine BL games in a row against a single club before - a negative club record looms.


Only Bremen (8 games) and Freiburg (10) have been waiting longer than Dortmund (4) and Köln (5) for a Bundesliga win. In a table representing the last four matchdays, only Werder would be behind Köln (17th) and Dortmund (16th, all 3 with just 1 point).


2009/10 was the only time under Klopp that Dortmund have had fewer points on the board after seven matchdays (6) than they currently do (7). For the first time in the Klopp era, BVB have collected just one point from four BL games. They are already 10 points behind Bayern.


Köln have lost each of their last three games, their longest losing streak under Stöger. The last time the Rhineland club lost four straight BL games was in April 2009.


1. FC Köln may have ended their 431-minute goal drought in Frankfurt, but with just four goals to their name, they still have the worst attack in their club history after seven BL games and also have the second-worst attack in the league behind HSV (2 goals scored).


Dortmund have already conceded five goals through individual errors - a league high.


Apart from Bremen, Dortmund are the only side without a clean sheet this season. BVB have only gone without a clean sheet on the opening seven BL matchdays three times before (1968/69, 1969/70 and 2004/05).


Köln have scored an own goal in each of their last two games (Halfar against Bayern, Wimmer in Frankfurt). SG Wattenscheid 09 in 1993/94 are the only side to have scored an own goal on three consecutive matchdays.


1. FC Köln have scored 1,499 goals in 732 BL home games, meaning their next goal in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion would see them reach a milestone.


Since the 2013 Champions League final, Dortmund's usual back four of Schmelzer, Hummels, Subotic and Piszczek haven't played together in 62 competitive games. There have been seven different back-four combinations in BVB's 11 competitive games in 2014/15.


FC Schalke 04 - Hertha BSC


FC Schalke 04 have won their last six BL meetings against Hertha and also 10 of the last 11 (1 draw). Berlin's last victory against the Royal Blues came in September 2006 (2-0 at home) - Kevin-Prince Boateng played for Hertha back then.


The last Hertha goal away at Schalke was scored by Niko Kovac in a 3-1 Berlin win in November 2004. Since then, the side from the capital have drawn once and most recently suffered six straight defeats without scoring in Gelsenkirchen.


Jens Keller's tenure as Schalke manager came to an end after the 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim. His successor is BL newcomer Roberto Di Matteo, who caused a stir by winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 as interim coach.


Schalke have already lost as many games after seven BL matchdays this season (3) as they did in the whole of the second half of 2013/14 (W11, D3, L3).


Hertha have yet to win back-to-back BL games in 2014. Berlin are also without a win away from home since a 2-1 victory in Stuttgart back in February (D3, L6).


Just like last season, S04 have notched up just two wins and eight points from seven league games. One year ago, Schalke won 4-1 against Augsburg on matchday 8 and jumped from 14th to 8th in the table.


The Royal Blues have gone behind in eight of their 10 competitive matches this season and have trailed at half time in seven of them. They are yet to win from behind (D4, L4).


This is the first BL meeting between the sides in the late Saturday kick-off game. While Hertha's last match in this timeslot came in March, this is already Schalke's third Saturday evening kick-off of the season (previously the 4-1 loss in Gladbach and the 1-1 draw against Bayern).


Salomon Kalou has scored three of Berlin's last four goals, including the goals to make it 1-1 and 2-1 in their 3-2 win over Stuttgart on the last matchday.


Kalou won the Champions League and the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2012 under new Schalke manager Roberto Di Matteo. The Ivory Coast international was at the Blues from 2006-12. The Italian was a coach with Chelsea from July 2011 to November 2012 (head coach from March 2012).


Hamburger SV - 1899 Hoffenheim


Both sides have recorded five wins from their 12 meetings, with the two draws both ending goalless. However, TSG won both matches last season with a goal record of 8-1.


Hoffenheim's 5-1 win in the last meeting in Hamburg was HSV's only defeat to TSG in six home games against them (W4, D1). Interestingly, the only time Hamburg have lost a BL home match by a larger margin was their 5-0 defeat to Bayern in 1974.


Spectacle: There have been 20 goals in the last five BL meetings between the two sides, an average of four goals per game.


With two goals scored after seven games, HSV have the worst attack in the league and have equalled the BL negative record. Only four teams have scored as few goals at this stage of a top-flight campaign - however, of those sides, only Fürth in 2013 were relegated.


Hamburg haven't won any of their last six competitive home matches (D2, L4). Their last win in their own stadium came over six months or 198 days ago (2-1 against Bayer 04 on 4th April 2014).


Including last season, TSG are unbeaten in their last eight games (W4, D4), equalling their club best in the BL. If Hoffenheim pick up a point or three against HSV, they would reach a new club best in the top flight.


While Hamburg have lost each of their last four Sunday games, conceding at least two goals each time, Hoffenheim have collected 13 of a possible 15 points from their last five matches on a Sunday.


No side has a higher points-per-game average away from home than TSG this season (1.7, the same as 3 other teams).


Roberto Firmino had a hand in seven of the eight TSG goals scored against HSV last season (3 goals, 4 assists). Against no other club has the Brazilian collected as many scorer-points (goals + assists) in the top flight (7).


In fact, Firmino was involved in all five of the TSG goals scored in the 5-1 win in the most recent meeting in Hamburg (2 goals, 3 assists), making him the first non-Bayern player to collect five scorer-points in one game since details statistic collection began in 2004/05.


SC Paderborn 07 - Eintracht Frankfurt


It's the first Bundesliga meeting between the two sides. During the 2011/12 second-division campaign, there was a 0-0 draw in Frankfurt, followed by a 4-2 home win for SCP.


The first two meetings came in the 1977/78 DFB Cup. TuS Schloß-Neuhaus, a previous incarnation of SC Paderborn, lost a second-round replay 4-0 to Eintracht after the first match had ended in a 2-2 draw.


Having failed to win in their last three games, Paderborn have began the first ever negative streak in their Bundesliga history, although they have faced top sides in each of those matches with two of them coming away from home (4-0 loss in Munich, 2-1 defeat to Gladbach, 2-2 draw in Leverkusen).


Frankfurt are unbeaten in four games, most recently recording back-to-back wins (2 draws prior to that). Eintracht could record three straight BL wins for the first time in more than two years (August/September 2012, 4 successive wins).


The Eagles would be unbeaten in five straight BL games if they avoid defeat against Paderborn. That last happened one year ago (September/October 2013).


A draw for SCP would be enough to see them move above Tasmania Berlin in the all-time Bundesliga table.


Including last season, Paderborn are unbeaten in the 20 league games in which they have taken a 1-0 lead, just as they did in the 2-2 with Leverkusen on matchday 7. Their last defeat after opening the scoring was in November 2013 in Sandhausen (3-2).


Eintracht have already collected five points from losing positions, a league high together with Leverkusen.


With 12 goals scored, Frankfurt have the third-best attack in the league (Bayern 15, Leverkusen 13). The Eagles have netted at least twice in each of their last four games.


Having had a hand in four goals this season, Moritz Stoppelkamp has been involved in more of SCP's goals than any other player (four - three goals and one assist). The winger has scored all three of his goals late on (twice in the 87th minute, once in the 90th). He has also made 617 runs, a league high.



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